Vincent Chiew, P.Eng.,
and daughters are shown during a May vacation in Malaysia.
BY HEATHER FRANTZ
Public Relations Coordinator
Vincent Chiew, P.Eng., has been a member of APEGGA for 12
years. He received a bachelor of science degree in electrical
engineering, computer science, and a master’s degree
in software engineering, both from the University of Calgary.
He is currently working part-time on his PhD in cognitive informatics,
also at the University of Calgary.
Vincent currently works with the City of Calgary Wastewater
Strategic Services Division, performing strategic planning
for information technology and real-time control systems. His
past work experiences have covered a variety of industries,
including seismic processing, control systems, health, restaurant,
travel and military.
As a volunteer with the Outreach program, Vincent particularly
enjoys the rocks and minerals presentation because he feels
students can relate it to their daily lives and surrounding
environment. In addition to classroom presentations, he also
volunteered at careers fairs and has judged Lego-building and
robotic competitions. Vincent is also a member of the APEGGA
Communications Planning Committee.
What value do you get from being an APEGGA volunteer?
The biggest satisfaction for me is knowing I am giving back
to society by empowering people with knowledge of applied science.
What are your other hobbies and interests?
My wife and I have always enjoyed dancing, including ballroom,
Latin, and country-western. Between work and school I try to
find time to bond with my two young daughters.
Have you received an award or special recognition that is
important to you?
In my first dance competition, my wife and I won medals and
special recognition for our Latin, ballroom, and country-western
solo performances. It is a pleasant surprise to discover that
I can do something besides engineering.
Is there a person who has been helpful in your development
as a professional?
As a friend and protégé, I have admired Aubrey
Kerr, P.Geol., and his level of professionalism for almost
25 years. He is an accomplished geologist and now a successful
writer. I still have a long way to go to reach his level of
What made you decide to become an engineer?
I have always enjoyed applied science. One inspiration for
me to become an electrical engineer is the ability to do
one-stop shopping for all my electrical, electronic and computer
toys at RadioShack.
What do you think the next hot trend will be in engineering?
One of the many exciting emerging scientific fields is cognitive
informatics, because the mind is a frontier with infinite